Workforce Initiative Plans Next Welding Course

Posted On: April 15, 2013

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NEW BREMEN – The West Central Ohio Workforce Development Initiative recently announced the next welding course offering, scheduled to begin in June.

Due to a demand of interested candidates, the WCOWDI will be offering a day course as well as an evening course.  The day course is scheduled to be held 3 days a week (T,W, TH) from 8am to 11am, beginning June 11th.  The evening course is also scheduled to be 3 days a week (T,W,TH) from 6pm to 9pm, beginning June 18th.  “Offering 2 courses will provide an opportunity for current 2nd shift employees to have access to this welding training.  We are pleased to be able to offer the two courses, to best meet the needs of those who are looking to improve their skillset”, said Angela Hamberg, a partner of the WCOWDI.

The welding course is a 90-hour course that takes approximately 10 weeks to complete.  At the end of the 10 weeks, a certificate is awarded to candidates who successfully completed the classroom instruction and applications.

Nearly 18 months ago, a group of area manufacturing leaders, colleges, career centers, high school officials and local resources had joined together to implement a plan to improve the skill-set and qualifications of workers in the Manufacturing sector.  It is the goal of this workforce development effort to make visible the varied types of training that are available to the community and where possible, bring manufacturing training to the local area. Through this effort, a talent pool of qualified employees can be developed that will assist our communities and ensure a stronger economy.

Through discussions with manufacturing businesses, welding was identified as one of the most in-demand skills in the region.  For this reason, the partners of the WCOWDI developed a program that met the basic skills of the trade.   Thanks to participating companies and organizations like Parker-Hannafin, The Minster Machine Company, Crown Equipment Corporation, Precision Reflex, Vectren, New Bremen Community Improvement Corporation and Mercer County Development, scholarships are available for candidates who qualify.

For more information about courses available through the WCOWDI, contact Angela Hamberg, Economic Development Director, Village of New Bremen via phone (419-629-2447) or email